Two police officers, passerby killed in Belgium

The incident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. ET)

Two police officers, passerby killed in Belgium

The incident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. ET)

29 May 2018 Tuesday 19:23
Two police officers, passerby killed in Belgium

Belgian authorities are investigating the killing of two policewomen and a passerby in the eastern city of Liege on Tuesday as a terror attack, the country's prosecutor said.

The incident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. ET) when an assailant stabbed two policewomen from behind, before stealing their service weapons and using them on the officers, Liege Prosecutor Philippe Dulieu said at a news conference on Tuesday.

After killing the two officers, the attacker continued walking through the street and opened fire on a parked vehicle, fatally wounding the driver inside, Dulieu added.

According to the prosecutor, the suspect then took refuge in a local high school where he held a woman hostage. When police intervened, the man opened fire, injuring several other officers, before he was shot dead.

It is not yet clear what the attacker's motive may have been, a spokesperson from the Liege prosecutor's office told CNN earlier.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said he and the government send their thoughts to the victims and their families.

The Belgian Royal Palace also tweeted its sympathies following the shooting. "Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrible act. Courage to their loved ones," the tweet read.

According to CNN affiliate VTM, Michel and King Philippe of Belgium are on their way to Liege.

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said on Twitter that the country's crisis center had been monitoring the situation. The crisis center said that the students in the school were safe and that none had been injured.

CNN

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